God wanted him in jail


It is not easy to understand, but it was part of God’s plan that Joseph end up in shackles, in slavery, and ultimately in jail. It may be part of God’s plan that you go through some difficult, confusing times as well.

Psalm 105:16-19
He called down famine on the land
    and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
    Joseph, sold as a slave. 
18 They bruised his feet with shackles, 
    his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
    till the word of the Lord proved him true.

The story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is well-known. Just ask Donny Osmond about his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

A quick recap, Joseph was well-loved by his father, and in fact was the favorite of all the sons.  The beautiful robe was a gift from his father.

One day Joseph had a few different dreams that he shared with his brothers.  Basically he dreamed that his brothers gathered around and bowed down to him. The brothers already disliked him, since he was the favorite son, and as you might expect, these dreams made them even more upset.  At the time, no one realized that the dreams were from God and actually letting them know of an event that would happen in the future.

One day their father set Joseph to check on his brothers as they were taking care of the sheep.  His brothers conspired to kill him, but decided instead to sell him as a slave to a group of passing Ishmaelites.

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Laying a spiritual foundation in our kids


 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Prov 22:6

Not too long ago I was a part of an online discussion about how to partner with parents when it comes to attending to the spiritual needs of their children.  Parents need to have an active role, and in fact the lead role in the spiritual lives of their children.  The church has a 40-50 hour a year influence on a child, but the parent has a 3000 hour influence on that same child.

Through the conversation there were several things mentioned that got me thinking.  One of them is definition.  “Parents need to be the spiritual leaders of their house” is a statement that many agree upon, but may not know what that means.  I will attempt to explain my definition of the statement.

I believe that the role of a ‘spiritual leader’ is that of building the spiritual foundation of the child.  Now just what exactly does that mean?      Continue reading

What’s your Plan?


Whether you are a leader leading others in a joint journey, or you are a follower and joining with someone else to assist them in their journey, you have to have a plan.  You do not have to have all of the details, but there are certain things you need to know.

Do you have a plan?  Do you know where you are going?  Do you know how you will get there?

Sometimes God’s direction is not too clear.  Just ask Abraham, when God told him to “leave and go to the place I will show you”.  God was not specific, but he was clear with his instructions.  Abraham needed to leave where he was.  God would show him more later.  If you are in a place that you do not have specific direction, go with what you know.  God will lead you one step at a time.  If you take the wrong step, God will show you, and if you take the correct step God will bless you.  It is true living by faith.  Hebrews 11:8  “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
If you are in this situation, make sure you convey that to those around you, especially if you are a leader.  It is easier to follow a leader when there is a clear laid out plan.  Remember, even if you don’t know all the details, it is very difficult to follow someone who does not communicate.  At the very least, communicate your situation to those around you.  Who knows….maybe God is speaking direction to someone around you! Continue reading